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Over the last few months, we have established guidelines to help your agency identify areas of risk and develop a simple, cost effective disaster preparedness plan. Your plan should include: 1 Declared disaster situations Begin by identifying your agency’s areas of risk. This list will be uniquely yours and based on the likelihood of risk in your geographic area. List the areas of risk in order of likelihood. If you prefer, identify the level of risk by indicating “high-medium-low,” or on a scale from 1 to 5. The level of risk is a key indicator of the resources you will invest in managing that risk. 2 Authorized individuals Next, list the individuals who are authorized to lead your agency if a disaster occurs. Include their full names, titles and actions they are authorized to take. 3 Communication instructions This is a complete list by category of anyone involved in executing the disaster preparedness plan. Categories include:

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